Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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- Hustvedt's essays are very writerly, usually exploring issues of identity or literary concepts. Her thought-provoking writings are at once intellectual and sentimental - the piece "Gatsby's G;asses" is a charming review on the Great Gatsby - "Of course women are sexual objects; so are men," she writes, sensibly, and issues a "plea that we not forget ambiguity and mystery, that in matters of the heart we acknowledge an abiding uncertainty." -But she cloaks her vulnerability in mock humility. She makes coy assertions ("when I finally produced a poem I liked, I sent it to The Paris Review; and to my astonishment, the poem was accepted and published") and waxes auto-hagiographic ("I held fiercely to the lonely idea of my great destiny"). Even her lousy junior high experience is a sign that her woundedness has rendered her special.
Paul Yeung said on Aug 14, 2011, 05:56